08/22/2011, 10:57 PM
The TP might have taken the stage silently only to die in a dramatic fashion soon after but HP achieved something singlehandedly no one else has done before: putting a tablet into many hands who hadn't considered to jump on the post-PC just yet.
Of course, I always liked the iPad but I never made a move to own one for two major reasons: the steep price and the fact Apple updates them once a year to add some major feature that was obviously missing from the predecessor.
So, while the iPad 1 was nice, it lacked the front facing camera for video calling. I knew, it's only a matter of nine to twelve months that it would be added to a new model since it was already standard in the new ipod touch.
Comes the iPad 2. It got not only one but two cameras. But should I buy one just yet? The touch already got Retina display. It will be just a matter of nine to twelve months until.......
While hardware market works like this, it always caused hesitation at the price point Apple is asking for its tablet.
Nothing like that with the TP. As soon as HP lowered it by $100 I was game. It offered a better internet experience for a lower price than the iPad. It was a first generation webOS tablet but it does a lot of things straight out of the box. And in light of the recent news and price adjustments, there won't be a better second generation TP, at least not in the foreseeable future. It just doesn't matter with this price.
Due to the tragic events as such, what's the result? Many more people who for one or the other reason didn't own a tablet are now experiencing a new way of computing. Lots of TPs will be given as a gift. Family members getting equipped. First buyers who couldn't afford until now.
Even if this might be the first and last webOS powered tablet, it did break ground. Many of us will not just give up tablet computing anymore. We are in. As long as the TP serves my needs it will stay. Then, I will be in the market for another tablet in some years. One that does things as good or even better. But, since I know that it's possible to design a decent running pad while offering Flash, it won't be an iPad anymore.
Thanks HP, thanks TouchPad.
Our relationship might be short-lived and lacks an upgrade path but all is good. You made my day anyway.